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Sunday, May 31, 2009

EHS Graduation 2009

Top picture is Mr. E.L. Kirk. The school board named the new gym after him. He has been employed by EISD for more than 46 years. Still going strong, too. The next picture is Coy calling out Senior scholarships. The next one is one I took of the seniors. The next one is the new podium made completely of wood and stain-no paint. It's cool! The last one is of Mrs. Beasley, Coy and Mr. Sowers. Coy graduated 95 seniors yesterday in the brand new E.L.Kirk Bulldog gym. The gym isn't completely finished but Coy met his goal of having graduation in it. He calculated more than 2100 people were there. That's alot for Eustace!

Grace is finished with school for this year since she is exempt from finals because of her TAKS scores. JoGail has three more days but 2 are early release. Tomorrow she gets to go skating for her grades, attendance, and good conduct. Grace spent the night with Carly Friday night then they went to Splash Kingdom. (waterpark) She came back looking like a lobster. They thought tanning lotion would provide some some block but give them a tan. I guess they didn't read the bottle! We went to Academy this afternoon and got heat gear from Under Armor for her summer workouts. I think she has also decided to add the cross country workouts this summer, also. That means she will be working out from 7 to 10. Coy is making some workout cards fro JoGail to do this summer, too. She wants to do those summer workouts so bad. She's just too young. We got her some workout clothes too. Had to have a heated discussion that even though she may have on a sports bra she STILL had to have a shirt on over it!!!!Betcha ten bucks she tries to go without a shirt at least once this summer!!!! Happenings this week: Tuesday Coy goes to the orthopedic specialist about his shoulder impingement. Friday he's off but he and JG have eye appointments. She's been squinting alot. I have just been waiting for school to be out. Since she sits front and center all year anyway (I don't think she ever gets off the front row for some mysterious reason), I knew she could see the board. She mainly squint looking in the distance. My cellutits is getting much better. Now I just have to tolerate the antibiotics for a little while longer. I was lucky I didn't have to go in the hospital for IV antibiotics for it. I have to work until June 17 but that includes my 3 comp days for net year. When I am done I am done!!!!Lots of reports left to write.
Gotta go get some supper together.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

You put a smile on my face.
You are pretty as lace.
You are full of grace.
You are my comfy place.

Poem I received this morning from Grace. Oh yeah, made my cry....JoGail gave me decorated paper plate full of good food (strawberries, cherries, sushi (thanks TAC and Joey) and watermelon) with a paper towel taped to it that she had drawn a fork, knife, and spoon. on. Priceless......oh-Grace also gave me coupon to 1 ( and only 1) of her books from her 'collection'. Pretty priceless......have to take her up on that one this summer!

Had the 3 on 3 tournament this weekend. Pretty much like a day long picnic. Grace was the only one who got a little sunburned. So I felt like it was a successful weekend. Both girls won and lost some games. They said they had fun. One more tournament for Grace-Memorial Day weekend in Tyler. She play some teams we haven't played before so that will be interesting. Hope we get a chance to see Jason, Rebecca and maybe Leigh Ann and Trey that weekend. We probably won't get a chance to leave to soccer field, so they will have to generously come see us there!

Banquet week is this week. One on Tuesday and one on Thursday. (Top Ten and National Honor Society) The Top Ten one is cool. The top ten in the graduating class choose their most influential teacher and read an essay about them and present them with a plaque. Pretty cool.
Looking forward to graduation finally being held in Eustace! I have to make arrangements to go since I have a workday in Mabank on that Saturday. The gym is almost ready. Coy keeps telling people ready or not it's happening there. For pictures on the new gym, you go to and click on the superintendent's blog link on the right. He writes a blog every day. He's been busy trying to mow this afternoon. Finally have a chance! We were talking this afternoon and it's going to be weird not having soccer next Saturday! I secretly wish it was Canton weekend! haha

Oh yeah1 The BIG news of the week--JoGail made 100 AR points! It was truly a family effort to get her there, but we got her there by the deadline. So she gets to go on a field trip to Chuck E Cheese and she was the only one in her teacher's class to get there! Plus she will get 5 balls to throw at the teacher in the dunking booth in a couple of weeks. She has come a long way with her reading! We are so proud of her!!

TAKS scores should be in Thursday or Friday for those wondering. At least that's about when it has been in the past.

Grace has her end of year band concert tomorrow night. The competition was postponed because of the flu scare, so she also has that this week. She's decided to wear capri pants (she hates those) in lieu of the dress!She was funny last week when she found out that 'waffling' was a verb. She thought that was really cool. I can't believe she will be a 7th grader next fall! WOW!!!

Monday, May 04, 2009

The light at the end of the tunnel...

Yes, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,umm I mean school year! I am beginning towrap things up fro this year and look twoards next year. No cases of swine flu, here, that we know of. Of course, Coy said the health department says a flu test takes 7 days to complete now, so who knows!!! JoGail is reading like a crazy girl trying to get to 100 AR points by Wednesday. I think she is at 94.5. It's been neat watching her grow as a reader since she struggled so much at first. She's also getting a little taller and thinning out a little. Grace was about that age when she starting thinning out, too. Grace is looking forward to her summer workouts at school. Every morning at 8. She lives for that just finished a workout feeling. She has her first band contest Friday in Canton. She's trying to get out of wearing a skirt on the bus on the way over there. We'll see. Both girls are in the TriCounty 3 on 3 tournament this weekend. As always our goal will be to avoid getting sunburned! It's a wualifying tournament, so if either on ewas to win first they would get to participate at the next level. 3 on 3 is hard because the field is small, the goals are really really small and it goes fast. An entire game lasts 23 minutes. It's not about power at all. Grace will have to tone it down a little! hahaMade fish for supper with spinach, blackeyed peas and roasted veggies. I'm sure this recipe has been around for awhile, but it was new to me and was really really good!

Roasted veggies

8 red potatoes washed and quartered
16 baby carrots
1 can chicken broth
2 teaspons seasoned salt
1 zuchinni cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray roasting pan with pam. Combine potatoes, carrots, salt, and 1/2 can chicken broth in roasting pan and cover. Cook for about 30 minutes. Add zuchinni and remainder of broth and cook for additional 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

More rain on the way........wahoo!!! Just what we need--another 4 inches!!!